Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Cold, refreshing cucumber cocktails made with gin, lime and mint -

I need another cup of coffee. I need a vacation. I need something interesting to write about today. All I’ve got are cucumber cocktails. Happy hour, anyone?

Come on over. I have chilled cocktails in the fridge and an overgrown-yet-very-green backyard with two patio chairs. Sitting out there sounds much more appealing than tending to my inbox or addressing the technical difficulties that never.stop.coming.

cucumber and mint

Maybe I can entice you with a description of this cold cucumber cocktail. I know I can’t resist a cucumber drink on restaurant menus. Cucumber cocktails are the epitome of refreshing: light, summery and hydrating.

It’s no wonder restaurants call these gin and lime numbers by other names, though. “Gimlet” sounds like “piglet” and, as such, doesn’t sound nearly sexy enough to describe this drink. Gimlets are composed of gin, lime juice and a touch of sweetener. Something magical happens when these basic ingredients are shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass.

how to make a cucumber gimlet

I muddled cucumber and mint into my gimlet to make it extra enticing. The key to making this drink spectacular is to use good gin (preferably Hendrick’s, which has cucumber notes) and a good cucumber (peel it first in case the skin is bitter). Gin haters, you can substitute vodka, but gin is really lovely here. So, happy hour?

how to make a cucumber gimletCucumber mint gimlet - cookieandkate.comThese refreshing cucumber cocktails are perfect for hot summer days! -

Cucumber Mint Gimlet
5.0 from 4 reviews
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1
Learn how to make a refreshing cucumber and mint gimlet. This naturally sweetened cucumber cocktail is perfect for warm days.
Per cocktail
  • 2-inch slice of peeled cucumber, halved and then quartered
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons light agave nectar or simple syrup
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1½ ounces gin, preferably Hendrick’s
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, mint and agave nectar until the cucumber offers no more resistance.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice, then pour in the lime juice and gin. Put the lid on your shaker and shake until the cocktail is thoroughly chilled, about 20 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with a tiny sprig of mint, if you'd like.
Recipe adapted from my basil gimlet cocktail.
Preparation tips: If you're going to be making a lot of these, you might want to make cucumber juice like I did in this watermelon-cucumber cocktail instead of muddling tons of cucumber.
Change it up: You can use vodka if you don't like gin. Other ideas: substitute basil for mint, and/or add a little splash of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and/or muddle some fresh jalapeño with the cucumber.
If you love this recipe: You'll also love my beautiful red bell cocktail (red bell pepper, basil and gin), grapefruit, gin and rosemary honey cocktail and bootleg cocktail (blended mint lemon-limeade with any liquor).


  1. says

    So pretty! I’ve got mint in my garden for this and I’m in need of something light but also alcoholic. I feel ya on the coffee and vacation too. :)

  2. says

    OK without sounding like too much of a creep – I think we are the same human!
    Yes to the vacation and to wanting a happy hour and for the rest of life to just stop for a little bit. A big yes to always wanting the cucumber cocktails, I seriously cannot resist them EVER. Lastly, I even like you, have always felt confused by the word “gimlet”. Get out of my head. Seriously.
    Anyhow, I would LOVE to be sipping on one of these amazing cocktails today, this is just brilliant!

  3. says

    YES! I’m all about a good happy hour and this drink is perfect. Hendrick’s is my favorite gin, too. It’s like a vacation in a glass, right? And I’d totally sit on your patio and sip these with you ;)

  4. says

    Looks delicious! This would be a great way to use some of the mint from my herb garden and the local gin a friend recently gifted me!

  5. says

    I will be RIGHT OVER. These sound so refreshing! I have to admit that I used our first garden cucumbers for pickles, so I’m going to have to be patient for a few days to let the next one ripen before I can make this. :) But that will be just in time for the weekend!

  6. says

    Gin pairs so well with more vegetable-y type cocktails, this would be so refreshing :) The other day I had a gin cocktail with mint and celery juice that was pretty amazing and I imagine would be similar-ish to this.

  7. says

    This is one of the most beautiful, chic, and classy looking cocktails I’ve ever seen. And you know what really bothers me? I’ve NEVER had a cucumber cocktail. Never ever. Need to finally go buy that bottle of gin. This needs to happen.

  8. Jenna says

    Yum, sounds perfect! Could you just use sugar in place of the agave or simple syrup? I don’t often have those two on hand.

    • says

      Yes, you can! The only problem with using sugar is that it might not dissolve into your drink. You can make simple syrup out of sugar if you warm equal parts water and sugar together (or just shake them up in a jar until they combine).

  9. says

    Yes, please. I love gimlet and cucumbers and… I happen to have a cucumber gimlet recipe in my book;) We’re on the same page my friend!
    Wouldn’t it be fun if we could drink gimlets together?

  10. says

    I’m currently obsessed with cucumber-infused anything and need this gimlet asap! I had a G&T a couple of years ago with cucumber instead of lime and I felt uber sophisticated. This is bringing back fond memories :) Cheers to your superb summer bevvy and adorably retro glasses!

  11. says

    Like you, I can never turn down a cucumber-flavored cocktail on a menu. Or one that has basil… or cilantro… That watermelon one you linked too looks delish as well!

  12. says

    Cucumber drinks make me feel all kinds of refreshed! Love the added mint to give that extra boost of freshness. Hope these took the edge off those technical difficulties!

    • says

      Whaaaat?! You’re overdue for a gin drink, Amy! Just don’t try gin with regular ol’ tonic. I thought for the longest time that I didn’t like gin, but it turns out I just don’t like the taste of cheap tonic water! Some of the new artisan tonic is pretty good, though. Cucumber is better. :)

  13. Anne says

    Perfect for day drinking! Inspired me to purchase gin for the first time and am now tempted to wear Hendricks as perfume.

  14. says

    Oh I need to try it! Such a nice summer drink and you have so many more awesome sounding gin drinks.
    I love gin but most of the time I drink beer and all my friends too ;) so maybe it’s a good opportunity to buy some!

  15. KD says

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and the time you invest.

    Can I make this without the gin?
    I don’t drink alcohol, do you have any suggestions for a replacement.


    • says

      Hi KD, I suspect you could just use water instead! A simpler solution would be to toss a bunch of sliced cucumbers, limes and mint into a pitcher of water and let it infuse in the refrigerator.

  16. sahvesays says

    Glad I saved this on Pinterest, just made and it using Minnesota made Solveig Gin and it is Amazing! pic is on Instagram – sahves

  17. dja says

    Ooohhh they’re good…

    Tried them a couple times. Both time a hit with guests. I highly recommend using high quality flavourful cucumbers to balance the mint. Added lychee fruit the last time, which provided an additional robust layer to an already divine cocktail.

    Another recipe from Cookie and Kate I can recommend. Thanks for the fantastic website.

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